Liverpool recorded their worst start to a season in half a century after a 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Lucas Podolski and Santi Cazorla of Arsenal added to the Anfield outfit's woes as they netted for their new clubs. Liverpool's new signings are yet to follow suit and the club now finds itself in 18th position in the league after their opening three games, recording one point from a possible nine.

Nuri Sahin who signed on a season long loan from Real Madrid, arguably Liverpool's most exciting signing of the summer transfer window, failed to make his mark in a hard fought game, with little end product from the Merseysiders. Sahin, who may still need time to adapt to the ferocious pace of the Premier League, was substituted in the second half for youngster Jonjo Shelvey who provided a greater threat, producing several fierce assaults on the Arsenal goal.

Raheem Sterling was once again taunting defenders with his electrifying pace and came close to scoring his first senior goal after striking the woodwork. It has been a while since a 17-year-old has been a star performer for Liverpool and it seems that with little fire-power up-front, Sterling is being heavily relied upon to create some magic. Steven Gerrard hasn't found his best since the season has started and looked somewhat off the pace against the Gunners on Sunday afternoon.

The Reds notably lacked fire power up-front, with their only two senior strikers, Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini both starting. This left Brendan Rodgers without any forwards on the bench, with only defenders, midfielders and a keeper to choose from.

Immediately after the game the question was raised to Rodgers as to why he let Andy Carroll go out on loan to West Ham. The Reds Boss openly conceded he would not have let the England striker leave on transfer deadline day, had he known he was about to miss out on Clint Dempsey to Tottenham. This leaves Liverpool in a sticky situation with a small squad and a busy fixture list. An injury to either Suarez or Borini would mean fast-tracking youth players such as Adam Morgan into the team, or if the club act quickly they can rely on free agents.

Two big names who have immediately been linked with Liverpool are former Kop hero Michael Owen and Shanghai Shenua's Didier Drogba. Owen has been a free agent since his contract expired at Manchester United in the summer and due to boardroom issues putting Drogba's future at his new club Shanghai in doubt, he might be available on a free.

Rumours are circulating about the possibility of Carroll being embarrassingly recalled in January, but for the time being Rodgers needs to bite the bullet and bring in a temporary solution to his striker-less nightmare.

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